Burgoyne barrier could be work of art
RE: BARRIERS ON TORONTO BRIDGE SAVING LIVES, NOV. 7
The Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto, commonly referred to as the Bloor Street Viaduct, is the home of not just any old suicide barrier.
The City of Toronto commissioned an artist to create a work of public art that would also act as a preventative measure. The artist selected to design it was none other than Dereck Revington, who most recently designed the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial, unveiled on Nov. 12, 2017, at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal.
The design development process for Toronto’s barrier included consultation with families who had lost loved ones, and in 2016 a responsive lighting installation was added as a legacy project of the Pan Am Games — also designed by Revington.
Both phases were major infrastructure projects, led by an artist. The result is a thoughtful and beautiful memorial to those who died, as well as a practical solution to a distressing situation.